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Game One Hundred Fifty-Three: Indians 4, Athletics 3

Box Score
Win Probability Added @ Fangraphs

Highest WPA:

Fausto Carmona .260
Jhonny Peralta .177
Joe Borowski .174

Lowest WPA:

Casey Blake -.136
Rafael Perez -.125
Victor Martinez -.085

Fausto Carmona pitched more like someone his age, walking four and striking out seven in six innings of work. For many other inexperienced starters, this would be a fantastic start: for Carmona, it ranked as more of mediocre outing.

For the Indians to clinch this weekend, they'll have to do it against Oakland's best pitchers. Last night they solved Joe Blanton in the sixth, chasing him after they hit two home runs and later loaded the bases. Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the Indians' fourth and final run of the evening, a sacrifice fly flicked to left field on a pitch a couple inches off the plate.

Rafael Perez came on for the seventh, more to get some work in than to hold the game. He hadn't pitched in six days, and he hung a couple pitches to left-handed hitters, and the score was quickly 4-3. Both hits were extra-base hits, the first given up to a left-handed hitter this season. Thankfully, his fellow members of the Circle of Trust finished the game.

The Magic Number is now just two, meaning that one more win would guarantee the Indians of at least a  share of the division title. The division could be clinched tonight with both an Indians win and a Tigers loss.

Next Up: Byrd vs. Haren, 7:05 PM